Just when it seemed like Palm intended only to forever mothball BeOS and all the Be engineering talent they bought, The Register reports that PalmOS 6 will be a genuine multitasking OS containing genuine chunks of BeOS code (rather than simply “inheriting DNA,” as Jean-Louis Gassee once said it would). ” Version 6.0 will be as dramatic a change for the platform as OS X was for Apple, or NT was for Microsoft. ”
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2 Replies to “PalmOS 6 To Be Based on BeOS”
I wouldn’t go as far saying this Scot. ;-)
The article actually says that Michael Mace said that PalmOS 6 will have BeOS code, while the No2 in command, Steve Sakoman, said that there will be no BeOS code in there.
I believe Steve Sakoman and not Mace.
When the author of the article at TheRegister, Andrew Orlowski, had this discussion with Sakoman, I was sitting 1 meter away from him. :D
I did a similar article on OSNews, but did not directly quote Sakoman when he said that there won’t be any BeOS code in there, because 30 minutes before that, I had directly asked the exact same question to David Nagel, and his reply was that there will be some “sound code” from BeOS but not anything else. So I did not want to bring the two men in “confrontation” claiming different things and I did not mention any of this. But I guess it does not matter anymore, Mace already “did it”…
Personally, from all the details I have gathered, I agree with the last sentense of what Andrew wrote about the BeOS issue: “More likely, we suspect, the new OS will inherit some algorithms and architecture from BeOS.” But not code directly, at least for the most part.
Thanks much for that, Eugenia – you’re way more in the loop than I am. So it turns out Gassee was pretty much right to begin with – “inheriting DNA.” In any case, whether there’s actual BeOS code or not hardly matters – even if it were full BeOS on a handheld, it wouldn’t be like using BeOS on the desktop…